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James Clapper (quoted)
Director of National Intelligence
CNNW 02/18/2014
Baldwin: Now back to James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, made these candid remarks about the phone data collection by the government. This is what he said in this interview here. Let me quote him. He said, Clapper (quoted): "Had we been transparent about this from the outset right after 9/11, we wouldn't have had the problem we had with the explosive public reaction." Baldwin: It is worth pointing out, phone data collection proceeds the Obama administration, so Clapper wasn't there to make those early decisions. Do you think he's shoving blame for the heat he’s taken on to the Bush Administration here? Tapper: Well obviously there's some of that, because he's talking about this needing to have been done ten years ago. But I think more theoretically, and obviously, President Obama could have come in and Clapper, when he was appointed Director of National Intelligence, could have come in and announced (that this program section 215, the collection of metadata, the surveillance on Americans, they could have announced it at the time.)
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